discern

  • 1 Discern — Dis*cern , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Discerned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Discerning}.] [F. discerner, L. discernere, discretum; dis + cernere to separate, distinguish. See {Certain}, and cf. {Discreet}.] 1. To see and identify by noting a difference or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Discern — Dis*cern , v. i. 1. To see or understand the difference; to make distinction; as, to discern between good and evil, truth and falsehood. [1913 Webster] More than sixscore thousand that cannot discern between their right hand their left. Jonah iv …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 discern — [di sʉrn′, dizʉrn′] vt. [ME discernen < OFr discerner < L discernere < dis , apart + cernere, to separate: see HARVEST] 1. to separate (a thing) mentally from another or others; recognize as separate or different 2. to perceive or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 discern — I (detect with the senses) verb appreciate, apprehend, apprehend clearly, ascertain, awake to, become acquainted with, become apprized, become aware of, become informed, behold, cast eyes on, catch sight of, cognize, command a view of, comprehend …

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  • 5 discern — (v.) late 14c., from O.Fr. discerner (13c.) distinguish (between), separate (by sifting), and directly from L. discernere to separate, set apart, divide, distribute; distinguish, perceive, from dis off, away (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + cernere… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 discern — perceive, descry, observe, notice, remark, note, espy, behold, *see, view, survey, contemplate Analogous words: *discover, ascertain: divine, apprehend, anticipate, *foresee: pierce, penetrate, probe (see ENTER) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 discern — [v] catch sight of; recognize and understand anticipate, apprehend, ascertain, behold, descry, detect, determine, difference, differentiate, discover, discrepate, discriminate, distinguish, divine, espy, extricate, figure out, find out, focus,… …

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  • 8 discern — ► VERB 1) recognize or find out. 2) distinguish with difficulty by sight or with the other senses. DERIVATIVES discernible adjective. ORIGIN Latin discernere, from cernere to separate …

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  • 9 discern — [[t]dɪsɜ͟ː(r)n[/t]] discerns, discerning, discerned 1) VERB If you can discern something, you are aware of it and know what it is. [FORMAL] [V n] You need a long series of data to be able to discern such a trend... [V wh] It was hard to discern… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 discern — UK [dɪˈsɜː(r)n] / US [dɪˈsɜrn] verb [transitive] Word forms discern : present tense I/you/we/they discern he/she/it discerns present participle discerning past tense discerned past participle discerned formal 1) to notice something, especially… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 discern — verb ADVERB ▪ clearly, easily, readily (esp. AmE) ▪ She could clearly discern a figure walking up to the house. ▪ barely (esp. AmE), dimly (esp. BrE), just …

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  • 12 discern — di|scern [dıˈsə:n US ə:rn] v [T not in progressive] formal [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: discernere to separate , from cernere to sift ] 1.) to notice or understand something by thinking about it carefully discern what/where/why etc ▪… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 discern — verb (transitive not in progressive) formal to see, notice, or understand something only after looking at it or thinking about it carefully; perceive (2): In the distance I could just discern the hills near Tendaho. | discern who/what/how etc: It …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 discern — verb Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French discerner, from Latin discernere to separate, distinguish between, from dis apart + cernere to sift more at dis , certain Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a …

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  • 15 discern — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. espy; discover, perceive, distinguish, detect, discriminate. See vision, visibility, intelligence, difference. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To see] Syn. observe, behold, make out, perceive, notice, espy …

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  • 16 discern — dis|cern [ dı sɜrn ] verb transitive FORMAL 1. ) to notice something, especially after thinking about it carefully or studying it: discern a difference/pattern/reason 2. ) to see or hear something, especially something that is far away or not… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 discern — verb /dɪˈsɜːn,dɪˈsɝn,dɪˈzɜːn,dɪˈzɝn/ a) To detect with the senses, especially with the eyes. He was too young to discern right from wrong. b) To perceive, recognize, or comprehend with the mind; to …

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  • 18 discern — [14] Discern, discreet, discrete, and discriminate all come ultimately from the same source, Latin discernere, literally ‘separate by sifting’, hence ‘distinguish’. This was a compound verb formed from the prefix dis ‘apart’ and cernere ‘sift,… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 19 discern — [dɪ sə:n] verb recognize or find out. ↘see or hear with difficulty: she could faintly discern the shape of a skull. Derivatives discerner noun discernible (also discernable) adjective discernibly adverb Origin ME: via OFr. from …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 discern — verb they could discern a slender figure, probably a woman, slowly approaching Syn: perceive, make out, pick out, detect, recognize, notice, observe, see, spot; identify, determine, distinguish; literary descry, espy See note at distinguish …

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